Marcel Reijerman’s work is a delight for art lovers. The crisscross of images in his drawings and paintings evokes associations of mental images collected during a lifetime of visiting exhibitions, viewing images and reading texts. Reijerman’s images withstand prolonged viewing. In fact, as one looks at them they seem to become fuller and fuller, placing the viewer almost in the role of accomplice. It’s not merely a question of viewing, recognising and interpreting the work as if analysing or reconstructing the artistic process. Reijerman invites the viewer to keep viewing beyond where he has stopped painting or drawing.
Reijerman appears to prefer visual models and non-hierarchical pictorial traditions that present all events of a story simultaneously. Yet, his work is modern because it does not nourish the structure and the power of a conventionally or socially determined meaning or opinion. Reijerman does not direct the viewer but, rather, implicates him in a process that yields more when he is willing to invest more. Reijerman draws with a blissful touch.
(extracted from a text by Cees de Boer)